Female Essay

1542 Words Mar 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Female Rulers
Erin B
HUM111
November 29, 2015

History is full of powerful women who ruled over lands and won wars to protect their kingdom just the same as the powerful men in history often times better than the men. Some female rulers we know from history such as Hatshepsut who ruled over Egypt long before Cleopatra, Queen Victoria of Great Brittan, Queen Elizabeth II queen of England today and the list could go on and on. However, the two female rulers that we are going compare are Wu Zetian of china who was born in 624 A.D. and Pharaoh Cleopatra of Egypt who was born 69B.C. both was rulers of their time until their deaths. These two female rulers came from very different backgrounds but ultimately ended up on the same path to
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Just at that time, Empress Wang and concubine Xiao Shufei were struggling for the emperor's favor. During this time Wu Zetian was recalled to the palace and given the title Zhao Yi (a kind of Tang concubine). Ambitious Wu was not satisfied with this title. In order to get the position of empress, she killed her baby daughter with her own hands and imputed it to Empress Wang. In this way, she made Emperor Gaozong depose Empress Wang. In 655, Wu Zetian successfully became the empress, launching her political career. At this time this was also the beginning of her doing anything to gain and keep her power. http://chineseculture.about.com/od/historyofchina/fl/Wu-Zetian.htm On the hand Cleopatra was born to rule as she had no choice in the matter it was her destiny to rule over the kingdom of Egypt.
Cleopatra had two older sisters, Cleopatra VI and Berenice IV as well as a younger sister, Arsinoe IV. There were two younger brothers as well, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV. It is thought that Cleopatra VI may have died as a child and Auletes had Berenice beheaded http://www.touregypt.net/cleopatr.htm#ixzz3surq9g3p After Cleopatra’s father died and she was next the line of rulers for Eygpt. Cleopatra VII was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Due to roman law she needed to marry a son or a brother so she married her eldest brother, Ptolemy XIII. He attempted to murder her and seize power for himself but she escaped safely into Syria and later returned with an

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